Published: Fri, November 02, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Ridley Scott Working On A Gladiator Sequel

Ridley Scott Working On A Gladiator Sequel

Ridley Scott or, Sir Ridley Scott as the British call him, has announced plans to move forward on a sequel to Gladiator.

Gladiator was originally produced and distributed by DreamWorks Pictures in the United States and Universal Pictures internationally, but DreamWorks will no longer be involved for the sequel and Paramount Pictures will be producing and distributing the sequel with Universal having the option to co-finance the film. This new script will be penned Peter Craig, screenwriter of Ben Affleck's brilliant Oscar-nominated The Town as well as two Hunger Games movies and 12 Strong.

According to reports from Deadline and other sites, Scott is returning in some capacity for the sequel, which is said to follow the story of the character Lucius, who is the son of Lucilla (played by Connie Nielsen in the 2000 film) and the nephew of Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix). Apparently he tried to get his friend Nick Cave (yes, of The Bad Seeds) to write the script for a sequel.

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Gladiator had won five Oscars at the 2001 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Crowe.

He is eventually forced to become a gladiator after being captured by slave traders, who lead him back to Rome to fight as a gladiator while plotting his revenge against Emperor that betrayed him.

In Gladiator, Maximus meets his heroic end at the close of the first film. Whilst the genre was revisited by Scott with the markedly less impressive Exodus: Gods and Kings in 2014, we're just going to say that was a practise run.

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